Q: What does AED stand for?
A: AED stands
for automated external defibrillator
Q: What is an AED?
A: An AED is an
electronic device that assesses the heart condition and sends a shock through
the chest wall into the heart, if appropriate.
Q: Who can use an AED?
A: Most AED's are
designed to be used by non-medical personnel who have been properly trained.
Q: Will an AED always resuscitate someone in
A: An AED treats a fibrillating heart that is experiencing
an irregular heartbeat. In cardiac arrest, where the heart has stopped beating,
the electrical current won't help. Instead, the heart needs CPR
Q: Is an AED safe to use?
A: An AED is safe
to use by anyone properly trained in their use. There are multiple safeguards
in place to make it as safe as possible but there is always potential dangers
with AED use, which is why training is important.
Q: Can anyone buy an AED?
A: Yes, however,
AEDs are manufactured and sold under guidelines approved by the FDA. Current
FDA rules require a physician's prescription to purchase nearly all AEDs. AED
manufacturers can usually recommend a physician from which to obtain a one-time
Q: How much does an AED cost?
A: There are
many different AEDs on the market. Some are designed for medical professionals
and cost considerably more than the units designed for use by the general
public. The average cost of a public access AED is between $1,000 and $2,000.